2021 NFL Draft Betting: Odds & Predictions

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They used to say “the sun never sets on the British Empire.” Well, today the sun never seems to set on the National Football League. A historic Super Bowl LV was just completed earlier this month, but we’re less than ten weeks from the 2021 NFL Draft. The NFL is always in the headlines.

The upcoming NFL Draft may be one of the deepest in years. There’s game-changing, franchise-boosting potential talent at every position. Teams will be on the clock starting with the Jacksonville Jaguars on April 29. 

But who will be picked, and how can you make profitable bets on the NFL Draft? The tables below show the overall #1 pick odds as of today’s betting lines from four of the top sports betting sites in Michigan.

Sports Betting Odds To Go #1 In 2021 NFL Draft

PlayerPositionBetRiversFanDuelBetMGMDraftKings
Trevor LawrenceQB-2000-6000-3000-2000
Zach WilsonQB+800+3000+3500+800
Justin FieldsQB+2500+1000+800+2500
Penei SewellOL+3300+1100+2000+3300
Trey LanceQB+5000+6500+5000+5000
Ja’Marr ChaseWR+10000+10000+10000+10000
Mac JonesQB+20000N/A+12500+20000
Kyle PittsTE+20000N/A+20000+20000
DeVonta SmithWR+20000+10000+8000+20000
Micah ParsonsLB+25000+10000+15000+25000
Kyle TraskQB+25000N/A+20000+25000
Travis EtienneRB+50000+15000+15000+50000
Najee HarrisRB+50000N/A+20000+50000
Kwity PayeDL+50000N/A+15000+50000
Gregory RousseauDL+50000+10000+12500+50000
Patrick Surtain IICB+50000N/A+15000+50000
Jaylen WaddleWR+50000+10000+15000+50000

Jacksonville Is Poised To Welcome Lawrence And His Long Hair

It’s been years (perhaps not since Andrew Luck went #1 overall to the Colts in the 2012 draft) since we’ve had a player entering the draft who seemed such a lock to be taken with the #1 pick. Trevor Lawrence is tall with long hair and a winning smile to go with his winning (38-2) record at Clemson as their All-American quarterback.

Has anyone ever had this much potential and been this well-suited for the #1 pick? The Jaguars are in need of a QB, and Lawrence is (as they say) a once-in-a-lifetime talent at the position.

Lawrence is a poised pocket passer with NFL offense skills already and he’ll only be 21 on draft day. The Jaguars are coming off a 1-15 record, and the franchise has only one playoff appearance in the last 13 years. Starting April 29, it will be a new era in Jacksonville, and the young QB with the long mane will be at the center of their revitalization.

Which Players Will Slot In After Lawrence?

The likely scenario at the 2021 NFL Draft will be an early run on quarterbacks. Several teams are going to be lined up to snatch a young QB. The most likely order as of now is:

  1. Trevor Lawrence to the Jaguars 
  2. Zach Wilson to the New York Jets
  3. Justin Fields to Miami or an unknown team via trade
  4. Penei Sewell (Offensive tackle) to the Atlanta Falcons

After that, it’s not clear, but three quarterbacks–Trey Lance, Mac Jones, and Kyle Trask–are also likely to be drafted in the first round. There are many NFL teams thirsty for new blood at the position, including the Eagles, Broncos, Lions, Panthers, Saints, and possibly the Dolphins.

About the Author

Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes has written three books about sports. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Major League Baseball. He enjoys writing, running, and lemon bars. He lives near Lake Michigan with his daughters and usually has an orange cream soda nearby.

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